New Delhi, May 14: At least 60 people were killed in the storm and rain which hit Delhi-NCR, Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal on Sunday. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a fresh warning of thunderstorms in north and parts of north-east for the next two days. Issuing orange category warning, the weather department has said that thunderstorm is expected in the next 48 to 72 hours due to western disturbances. Also Read - Winter Chill Persists in North India; Dense Fog, Low Visibility Affect Movement of Trains, Flights
“There is a circulation of a western disturbance in North West India. We had forecasted that the weather will be adverse for 2-3 days. This thunderstorm will continue for the next 48 to 72 hours,” Charan Singh, Scientist, Indian Meteorological Department said. Also Read - Cold Wave Conditions to Persist Across North India Till January 22: IMD
Throwing lives out of gear, yesterday thunderstorm uprooted trees and snapped electricity lines and left a string of destruction across India. Following bad weather conditions, over 70 flights were diverted at the Indira Gandhi International Airport. Approximately, nine Delhi-bound flights made an emergency landing at Chaudhary Charan Singh International Airport after Air Traffic Control did not permit them to land at IGI Airport. (ALSO READ: Over 30 People Killed as Massive Storm Hits Several States; 70 Flights Disrupted, Fresh Warning Issued) Also Read - Cold Wave Grips North India With Dense Fog Over Several Cities, Likely to Ease Next Week
The storm, with wind speeds of up to 70 km per hour also crippled Metro services in at least three places on the sprawling network. President Ramnath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and Congress President Rahul Gandhi condoled the deaths due to thunderstorms which swept across parts of northern India.
Sunday’s devastation comes just over a week after 124 people died due to strong thunderstorms and gusty winds that swept across several states including Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, and Bihar. Last week, schools in Haryana, Delhi and Chandigarh were closed and extra precaution was taken after the weather office predicted a huge storm across 13 states The storm, however, turned out to be far lower in intensity.
(With agency inputs)